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We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Portland Vase Copy. Wedgwood, about 1790. Stoneware (jasperware). The Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgwood Collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Portland Vase Copy

April 12, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Wedgwood’s Portland Vase Copy.

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11, 2015

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

April 11, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.

Slow Art Day 2015

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11, 2015

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!

Image from B-Metro, Shambala Center of Birmingham

Art & Meditation

April 11, 2015

Six Saturdays, April 11–May 23 · 10am · (no class May 2)

No drop-ins; registration required for entire series

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and then became very popular around the world.

Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Register online at artsbma.org on our events calendar. If you have questions, please call our Education Department at 205.254.2571.

Image from macfound.org

Social and Community Engaged Art: The Genuine and the Artificial

April 8, 2015

MacArthur Fellow and current Breeden Scholar in Residence at Auburn University Rick Lowe is an artist whose unconventional approach to community revitalization has transformed a long-neglected neighborhood in Houston into a visionary public art project that continues to evolve, two decades since its inception. Originally trained as a painter, Lowe shifted the focus of his artistic practice in the early 1990s in order to address more directly the pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of his community.
With a group of fellow artists, he organized the purchase and restoration of a block and a half of derelict properties—twenty-two shotgun houses from the 1930s—in Houston’s predominantly African American Third Ward and turned them into Project Row Houses (PRH), an unusual amalgam of arts venue and community support center. Lowe has initiated similarly arts-driven redevelopment projects in other cities, including Los Angeles, New Orleans, and North Dallas. Lowe’s pioneering “social sculptures” have inspired a generation of artists to explore more socially engaged forms of art-making in communities across the country.
Rick Lowe is an Alabama native who attended Columbus College and studied visual arts at Texas Southern University in Houston. He is currently the Breeden Scholar in Residence at Auburn University. Along with his MacArthur Genius Grant, Lowe is also the recipient of the Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities.

ArtBreak: Bands of Color in Various Directions

ArtBreak: Bands of Color in Various Directions

April 7, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Interim Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood, who will lead a discussion on Sol LeWitt’s Bands of Color in Various Direction. Join us in the sculpture garden to enjoy the talk and the beautiful spring weather!

Slow Art Sunday: Jar

Slow Art Sunday: Jar

April 5, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Emily Omura will lead a discussion on the Japanese piece Jar.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

April 4, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

April 2, 2015

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

6PM: Gallery Talk // A Feast for the Eyes: Food in Dutch Paintings by Dr. Katherine McIver, Professor Emerita, University of Alabama at Birmingham
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw
7PM: Curator Lecture // Small Treasures: From Idea to Exhibition by Dennis P. Weller, Ph.D. Curator of Northern European Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Click here to learn more.

Art & Conversation: Blood, Sweat, and Beers

April 2, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Blood, Sweat, and Beers

Exhibitions Designer Terry Beckham gives us his first hand knowledge of the many and varied steps involved in creating the new African Art Gallery.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

No ArtBreak

March 31, 2015

Please note that there will be no ArtBreak this week due to Spring Break. Check back for next week’s program!

Slow Art Sunday: A Mountainous River Landscape with Travelers

Slow Art Sunday: A Mountainous River Landscape with Travelers

March 29, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Allart van Everdingen’s A Mountainous River Landscape with Travelers.

Derrick Adams’ “The Entertainer”

Derrick Adams’ “The Entertainer”

March 28, 2015

The Entertainer is an original performance that incorporates a musical interpretation of white, gray, and black noise composed by Philippe Treuille and a projection by Ramon Silva with Adams’ live performance. Adams acts as a human Beatbox, mimicking the sounds echoing from a TV, microphone, and speaker, while including sound bites from media programming. The graphic imagery is inspired by the bold formal structure of Russian Constructivist propaganda used in advertising and broadcasting. The piece is a commentary on the effects of media bombardment in today’s society.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

March 28, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.